The Copenhagen Consensus
is Bjørn Lomborg’s latest agenda-setting
enterprise. Eight top economists (of which three are Nobel laureates) were
asked to rank 32 of the world’s challenges
using cost-benefit analysis and estimation of importance. The resulting ranking
suggested that the HIV/AIDS epidemic be prioritized first.
As always with Mr. Lomborg (previously discussed here
), the whole enterprise was
surrounded by controversy, and triggered a counter conference, The
, and earned him the privilege of getting likened to
Hitler by a high-ranking UN official
posted by AwkwardPause
on Jun 3, 2004 -
- With the recent kabal surrounding the "dishonesty without intent
" (whatever that means) Bjorn Lomborg committed in his book "The Skeptical Environmentalist", Matt Ridley speaks out for more "technological fixes
" and against the technological pessimism that pervades the public debate about technology, and which can have perverse side effects, according to him. "In the 1990s Ingo Potrykus genetically engineered some strains of rice to contain a natural vitamin A precursor precisely because he was affronted by the fact that half a million children go blind every year in the third world for lack of vitamin A. He gave up his intellectual property rights, and persuaded Syngenta and other companies to waive their patents so that he could give the rice away for free in poor countries. Yet the crop remains tied up for years to come awaiting regulatory approval as a "drug" because of precautionary regulations urged on third world countries by environmental groups.
" Future's so bright, I gotta get an eye upgrade!
posted by NekulturnY
on Apr 7, 2003 -